Our crowd-pleasing Sunday evening showcases this hugely versatile line-up who present a short and incomplete history of jazz.
Short, because the band only have 2 hours and incomplete because it only includes their favourite bits. All the best tunes from Bix Beiderbecke and Louis Armstrong, through Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie , Gerry Mulligan to Coltrane and beyond.
The pieces will be performed in roughly chronological sequence but will be in their own style-not an attempt to recreate the originals, but rather our response to some great music.
Everyone in the band is a superb soloist and Alan has written a whole bunch of new charts to let them loose on. The show will ,of course, include a lot of anecdotes about the great (and not so great) figures of the music through the years.
Bruce Adams – Trumpet, Flugel Horn and Cornet
Mark Nightingale – Trombone
Alan Barnes – Saxes and Claranet
Robert Fowler – Saxes and Claranet
Karen Sharp – Saxes and Claranet
David Newton – Piano
Simon Thorpe – Bass
Clark Tracey – Drums